Perfect Deterrence (Cambridge Studies in International Relations)

  • Publish Date: 2000-10-02
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Frank C. Zagare;D. Marc Kilgour
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This book provides the first general analysis of deterrence since the end of the Cold War, offering a new approach to its assumptions, and analyzing them using game theory. Drawing on numerous historical examples, the authors focus on the relationship between capability, preferences, credibility, and outcomes, to achieve a new understanding of threats and responses. The book's distinctive approach yields some surprising conclusions, indicating that credible threats to respond to attack can sometimes make an attack more likely, and that incredible response threats can sometimes promote peace.